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August 31, 2017, 04:54:10 PM
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Hi,

I am a IT developer with quite a bit of experience but never paid attention to development aspects of crypto/smart contracts. I have been playing with BTC and ETH for sometime so i do understand from the currency aspect of it.

Now i want to get involved with the development aspect of it to get to the details of the technology and to unlock the opportunity it has for a tech developers like me.

Can you share your thoughts how one could travel the path and where to start and what to follow. I am sure there are many like me and a healthy discussion would be very helpful for many.

If there is was a discussing in this line and provide answers to my questions please point me in that directions.

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August 31, 2017, 05:59:30 PM
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the crazy world of crypto would bring you immedeatly to bitcoin.org, to understand the eco system. There is a developer section: https://bitcoin.org/en/developer-documentation
Then you could read probably the online book (or buy it) from Andreas: "Mastering Bitcoin", here: http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001802/ It is available in many languages.
Also there is the very good post from Ken: http://www.righto.com/2014/02/bitcoins-hard-way-using-raw-bitcoin.html
On youtube you find Bitcoin 101, which explains alot.
And of course this forum has many links/references, similiar here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2131710
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August 31, 2017, 08:48:57 PM
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Try to look some videos on YouTube or read books about crypto

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September 01, 2017, 02:21:13 AM
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the crazy world of crypto would bring you immedeatly to bitcoin.org, to understand the eco system. There is a developer section: https://bitcoin.org/en/developer-documentation
Then you could read probably the online book (or buy it) from Andreas: "Mastering Bitcoin", here: http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1234000001802/ It is available in many languages.
Also there is the very good post from Ken: http://www.righto.com/2014/02/bitcoins-hard-way-using-raw-bitcoin.html
On youtube you find Bitcoin 101, which explains alot.
And of course this forum has many links/references, similiar here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2131710

Thank you and appreciate it.
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September 01, 2017, 03:33:26 AM
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Given the current state of affairs, whats the right place to be as a tech person in crypto world?  Ether or something else?
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September 01, 2017, 09:20:39 AM
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what do you mean? Where to get the most value by entering into the domain?
Crypto currencies all have different flavours, from blockchain timing, over blockchain design up to smart contracts.
I'd recommend starting with Bitcoin. Thats like a foundation to the many crypto currencies, and go step by step. Once you grasped it, and can't get enough Cheesy, continue with "smart contracts" (yes, Ether is a possibility, also AEON, written in ERLANG), and then maybe have a look at DAGs.
There is plenty of room in this space  Grin
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September 01, 2017, 10:38:13 AM
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If you're interested in expanding your knowledge on the fundamental principles behind cryptocurrencies, this article gives a great introduction to the theoretical and historical background of Bitcoin, including references for further reading. It also briefly touches on the subject of smart contracts, Ethereum and private blockchains.

http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=3136559


what do you mean? Where to get the most value by entering into the domain?
Crypto currencies all have different flavours, from blockchain timing, over blockchain design up to smart contracts.
I'd recommend starting with Bitcoin. Thats like a foundation to the many crypto currencies, and go step by step. Once you grasped it, and can't get enough Cheesy, continue with "smart contracts" (yes, Ether is a possibility, also AEON, written in ERLANG), and then maybe have a look at DAGs.
There is plenty of room in this space  Grin

Got any recommendations on reading up on DAGs in the context of cryptocurrencies? I've been reading the Byteball whitepaper lately and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

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Got any recommendations on reading up on DAGs in the context of cryptocurrencies? I've been reading the Byteball whitepaper lately and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.
no, just this currently very active thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1177633.0 and the usual suspects via Google. I read the whitepaper like 2 years ago, and couldn't make up my mind. "I feel more comfortable in the bitcoin world"  Grin

just saw this one as well: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1504649.0
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September 01, 2017, 01:23:01 PM
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Got any recommendations on reading up on DAGs in the context of cryptocurrencies? I've been reading the Byteball whitepaper lately and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.
no, just this currently very active thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1177633.0 and the usual suspects via Google. I read the whitepaper like 2 years ago, and couldn't make up my mind. "I feel more comfortable in the bitcoin world"  Grin

just saw this one as well: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1504649.0

Thanks for the links!

It's really fascinating how Bitcoin gave birth to a whole new domain, but it's not all that easy to discern the weird but good ideas from the plain old stupid ones. So far I didn't find a cryptocurrency that "clicked" with me the way Bitcoin did (which I also at first dismissed as a plain old stupid idea).

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September 01, 2017, 07:18:51 PM
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what do you mean? Where to get the most value by entering into the domain?
Crypto currencies all have different flavours, from blockchain timing, over blockchain design up to smart contracts.
I'd recommend starting with Bitcoin. Thats like a foundation to the many crypto currencies, and go step by step. Once you grasped it, and can't get enough Cheesy, continue with "smart contracts" (yes, Ether is a possibility, also AEON, written in ERLANG), and then maybe have a look at DAGs.
There is plenty of room in this space  Grin

Thank you for the direction. It helps me to takes steps in that progressive direction
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September 01, 2017, 07:23:30 PM
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Hi BittyBatty,
First of all, it's always nice to greet new people to the blockchain developer community.
I started like you a year ago, knowing very little about the developing aspect of blockchain oriented projects and the limited resources to educate yourself. Right now, the community is growing at a fast rate and you're able to find resources to speed up your learning process everywhere. I would recommend you to get familiar or refresh the basics of HTML, CSS & JS for frontend development and NodeJs for backend prior to jumping into blockchain (freecodecamp.com is an excellent website to get the basics of frontend and Udemy has some nice courses on backend). This is because blockchain is only supposed to act as a layer in between the two. Once you decide to start on solidity, jump into the docs headfirst. Study the language in depth and try to use it to look up things that you don't understand within the provided examples. If you need any help you can always PM me!

Appreciate your insight and thanks for your helping hand. I will sure reach out to you at right time.
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September 01, 2017, 07:59:00 PM
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First, start with Bitcoin. It's king of cryptocurrencies. Go first with bitcoin.org. It has many useful information for you. Then check out your national Bitcoin information website. Then go with coindesk.com and other bitcoin information news. When you understand Bitcoin go to higher level: altcoins. Read about Ethereum, it has a bright future. Don't forget that Ethereum is platform not currency.
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September 09, 2017, 07:11:17 AM
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There are more than enough coders out there and not really a need for more. You can start by doing simply stuff and playing with the system. Create, build and push you own TX's, create a new coin and play with it. Try to write your own rewards system based on a new approach.


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September 09, 2017, 02:37:16 PM
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Hello,
I would recommend you to read the articles on CoinTelegraph, and Coindesk to have an overview of the current trend.
You can also dig deeper by reviewing the post on this forum, a lot of useful information Smiley
Good luck!
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September 09, 2017, 09:15:38 PM
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It`ll be good to read Andreas Antonopoulos "Mastering Bitcoin"
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September 09, 2017, 09:24:04 PM
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At the beginning of this year, I did not look further then Bitcoin. Today I have seen Bitcoin, Ethereum, and NEO code. Each of them uses different programming languages. I recommend looking into ICO projects to get an idea how smart contracts work on Ethereum since those projects are everywhere right now. Most have an open source GitHub page showing all the contracts. You can easily go on the Ethereum test net to understand how everything works behind it. Of course, the blockchain from Bitcoin is open source as well. To replicate takes a lot more time. Currently, the quickest way to learn the basics is to start with Ethereum after that you can look into what coin you want to start making something with. Each coin got a different goal.

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September 11, 2017, 05:35:16 PM
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Hi,

I am a IT developer with quite a bit of experience but never paid attention to development aspects of crypto/smart contracts. I have been playing with BTC and ETH for sometime so i do understand from the currency aspect of it.

Now i want to get involved with the development aspect of it to get to the details of the technology and to unlock the opportunity it has for a tech developers like me.

Can you share your thoughts how one could travel the path and where to start and what to follow. I am sure there are many like me and a healthy discussion would be very helpful for many.

If there is was a discussing in this line and provide answers to my questions please point me in that directions.

TIA

Do not put new coins out there, we have way too many being introduced daily and they do nothing more than just clog the system and create chaos.
There has been a lot of coins and their replicas in the market , already a lot has been developed and still its takes a lot to understand all the cryto technologies.


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September 12, 2017, 11:35:09 AM
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you can add knowledge of crypto world in this forum ,,
you can also search on google ,, no harm to know the world of crypto
it will make you addicted ,,
because the results are quite large, but depending on the person

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September 12, 2017, 11:45:27 AM
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I would also like to highlight the book from Andreas Antonopoulos "Mastering Bitcoin".
He is currently working on "Mastering Ethereum". If it is as good as Mastering Bitcoin, I would also highly recommend it. Release date should be somewhere in February 2018.

If you are thinking explicitly of bitcoin scripting (smart contract programming), there is a good video from Andreas where he explaines how transactions work in bitcoin).

Here is the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FeAXjkmDcQ
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September 12, 2017, 12:30:20 PM
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THe moment you entered crypto world that is the start of your journey.

How to get in deep more? As long as you do everyday involvement in crypto, no need for such detailed lesson. Soon you will understand how crypto world is.
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